Smart Card Alliance Mid-Winter Conference to Focus on Technology and Policies for Protecting Identity

Smart Card Alliance Mid-Winter Conference to Focus on Technology and Policies for Protecting Identity

Princeton Junction, NJ, January 21, 2003–Speakers from leading technology companies, government agencies and industry research firms will address technology and policy considerations for protecting identity at the Smart Card Alliance February Mid-Winter Conference to be held in Salt Lake City, Utah from February 12-13, 2003.

“Our mid-winter conference is always one of our best-attended events,” said Randy Vanderhoof, executive director of the Smart Card Alliance. “It is the start of a new business year and our theme, ‘Identity: Technology and Policy Issues of Trust,’ directly addresses an issue of critical importance in the coming year. At a time when the number one crime reported to the FTC is identity theft, and the personal financial information of tens of thousands of individuals were compromised in a single recent high-profile incident, I cannot imagine an agenda that is more timely.”

Recognizing that individuals have different identities at different times for the different roles one plays, the Smart Card Alliance has invited presenters to explore the ways identities are created, recognized, delivered and protected in each of these roles.

For example, most individuals have identities as public citizens (used at border crossings, at airports and for accessing health services), as corporate citizens (when accessing buildings, networks or private databases), and as private citizens (in retail stores, on the Internet, with wireless devices). Expert speakers and panels will examine how companies and government agencies can use smart card technologies and well-defined policies to protect those identities and minimize the risks to an individual’s privacy.

The conference includes two days of excellent speakers and panels. Highlighting the agenda are:

  • John Sabo, manager of security, privacy and trust initiatives at Computer Associates International, a well known industry leader in the electronic identification field, and president of the International Security, Trust, & Privacy Alliance (ISTPA); his keynote address reviews the latest in this important framework initiative and updates activity in privacy standards
  • Jim Crawford, retail analyst for Forrester Research, Inc. whose second day keynote presentation will look at how identity management is changing the relationship between the retailer and consumer
  • George Wallner, founder and chief strategist for Hypercom who will discuss the changing role of biometrics identification at the point-of-sale
  • Michael Barrett, program manager at the Transportation Security Administration, who will talk about the objectives for public identification in the government’s new Registered Travel Program initiative In addition, two very active groups in the Alliance will present information contained in new white papers. The Secure Personal Identification Task Force will present “Privacy and Secure Identification Systems: Design and Technology Considerations”, and the Terminal and eTransaction Infrastructure Task Force will discuss “Contactless Technologies for Payment: Applications, Technology, and Transaction Models.”

A series of other conference panels will review critical technology and policy issues related to identity protection:

  • Infrastructure for Trusted Computing looks at establishing trust with PC-based computing, peripherals, portable and wireless devices and tokens for network access
  • Financial Transaction Security Roundtable discusses the options for transaction security in on-line payment and in-store point of sale
  • Identity Management on a Global Scale considers models for establishing identity and trust for digital forms on a global scale, looking both at the Identrus consortium model and the government PKI Bridge model
  • Identity in the Corporate Citizen Role examines the issues involved in merging IT Security with physical access control, protecting intellectual property and how healthcare is addressing HIPAA compliance
  • Identity in the Private Citizen Role considers what is involved in protecting our identity, the risks and vulnerabilities in wireless security, the potential advantages of implementing biometrics at the point-of-sale and the emerging use of smart cards in the entertainment industry
  • Identity in the Public Citizen Role looks at the applications for public identity credentials for use at airports, border crossings and in the context of national ID programs abroad

The Alliance’s Educational Institute will hold its Introduction to Smart Cards 101 and its Advanced Business of Smart Cards 201 courses immediately preceding the conference program on Tuesday, February 11 at the same location. The EI 101 and EI 201 classes have been upgraded and expanded based on the collective experience of the Alliance membership, delivering an educational experience that cannot be found anywhere else in the industry. The courses provide an excellent foundation for managers and executives that want to learn more about how to use the technology, and are also well-suited for those who want to get a broad update on recent advances in the technology and its markets.

Online registration and a complete agenda with speaker information can be found on the Smart Card Alliance website, The conference hotel is the Hilton Salt Lake City Center, 255 South West Temple, Salt Lake City, UT 84101. You can also register online at

About the Smart Card Alliance

The Smart Card Alliance is a not-for-profit, multi-industry association working to accelerate the acceptance of smart card technology.

Through specific projects such as education programs, market research, advocacy, industry relations and open forums, the Alliance keeps its members connected to industry leaders and innovative thought. The Alliance is the single industry voice for smart cards, leading industry discussion on the impact and value of smart cards in the U.S.